Mission of Burma

Mission of Burma (studio electro-acoustic live sessions, Mediafire)

Sometime last year I read Michal Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 (easily one of the best music-related non-fiction texts I've ever read) and while it rekindled my love for bands that were long time favorites of mine (Beat Happening, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, & others), it also inspired me to check out bands I otherwise probably wouldn't have listened to, and one of those bands was Mission of Burma.

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I had the chance to see Mission of Burma for free and I was, obviously, super, super stoked. The show was a part of WRUW's annual Studio-A-Rama concert showcase. The band was amazing! Absolutely brilliant & in spite of bad traffic an an awful crowd (including a total jerk who wouldn't stop playing air guitar or screaming, "PLAY IT LIKE YOU WROTE IT!!!") & the fact that I somehow managed to open the car door into my face post-show (I don't even drink! How do I do these things?!), I don't regret the decision to attend.

Semi-related: The kids in the pit kicked up so much dirt that when my boyfriend and I got home our teeth had been blackened by dirt and we were sneezing out black snot. Dirt had also dried to any part of us that had been sweating, so I had dirt caked on my neck and face. Ridiculous. I did feel a little "too old" to come home covered in dirt (and beer and, probably, spit), but oh well.

That said: Here is some (studio) live Mission of Burma, probably more interesting to fans than newcomers, but still a very enjoyable listen. For those who haven't heard any Mission of Burma, have a video of "Academy Fight Song."

Mission of Burma (studio electro-acoustic live sessions, Mediafire)


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